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Young girl expelled from school for missing too many days while battling cancer

By Mason White 8:51 AM April 24, 2015
Rose McGrath 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A young girl is devastated after she was expelled from school for battling cancer.

12-year-old Rose McGrath of Battle Creek, Michigan, battled with acute lymphoblastic leukemia – cancer in the blood cells, for 2 years.

She tried to attend school when she was not very sick.

When McGrath finally beat her cancer, she was notified that she had been expelled from her Catholic school for being absent too many times.

“I did nothing wrong, but they still got rid of me,” McGrath said. “When I’m at school I’m like everybody,” she added.

Due to her sickness, McGrath could only attend school for 32 days this year. Her parents are aggravated that she was suspended after surviving cancer.

“It’s not like she is having fun. She’s in bed, sick with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. She would be in school if she could,” her mother said.

The school sent the parents a letter, saying that McGrath was suspended for lack of attendance and poor grades. They are defending their decision, saying that they tried to work with the family and lighten the academic workload of the girl.

“The accommodations made were woefully inadequate,” the girl’s father, Tom McGrath, said.

The parents have filed a civil rights complaint against the school.